Winter’s log, earthdate 201511.02

Merciful heavens – I must be ill! I’m not starting late for once! 🙂 Anyway, it’s been a fairly full day today – my favourite youngest daughter and her husband came over this morning with a Bunnings ute, to go off and get all the sleepers and stuff for my soon-to-be veggie garden. Of course it was raining, but being Melbourne we had high hopes that it would clear up “soon”. We had a cup of coffee and chatted for a while, and yes, the weather did clear up! So without further ado, Julian and Terry took off for the big Bunny just down the road, while Kate and I discussed various things and surfed a bit – I was mainly trying to find her some pictures of the absolutely beautifully coloured pigeons I’d seen on Facebook – and not succeeding terribly well (well, it was a while ago that I saw them, and I didn’t have a clue as to whose they were, so they weren’t exactly easy to find!) Then the guys came back with 36 sleepers in the back of the ute, and… it started to rain! Typical Melbourne weather! Fine one minute, raining the next! So they left the sleepers in the ute and came inside. Then, it stopped raining – sort-of. There was a bit of fine, misty rain coming gently down, but not enough to drench a veggie garden constructor… I’d been told, many years ago, that it’s the sort of rain that motor cyclists hate to ride in, because without a full face helmet, that gentle “fine mist” of rain actually feels like hundreds of tiny needles hitting you in the face! Julian and Terry stuck with it out there until that fine misty rain managed to get in under the collars of their coats, whereupon they came back inside again. I went off to have my lunchtime mole-hill climb, and while I was doing that, I believe that they went out again to do a bit more work on the sleepers, but were forced to retreat once more when it started to rain even harder! By the time I’d done my eighteen minutes walk, it had been decided that Terry and Kate would head off home, as it didn’t look like the rain was going to stop this time, and come back again tomorrow morning, when no rain was forecast! So off they went, Julian went off to have a shower and get warm and dry again, and I decided to file down my nails, as they were getting to the “If you don’t file me down, I’m going to snap off just below the quick, and then you’ll be sorry!” stage (and it’s sooo much easier and more comfortable typing when your nails are short!) After lunch, Flipper started demanding attention, but she was almost due to have her next cartrophen injection (for her arthritis – it works almost miraculously quickly and gives her a lot of relief) and she was having a lot of difficulty getting around, so Julian rang the Vet and managed to get her in for the jab this afternoon – she didn’t need to see a Vet, the nurses can give her the injection – so off he went with a very unhappy and very foul-mouthed Flipper. They were soon back again, with a much relieved Flipper (because she was back home again) and a cat carry cage that needed a good hose down on the inside! Flipper, poor old girl, had in her anger and fear, made a mess in it (she absolutely hates going to the Vet, even though she always feels a lot better and more comfortable afterwards!) Needless to say, as soon as I’d finished filing down my nails, I made a beeline for Rift, to do a bit more “tidying up”! I really do wish that Trion hadn’t decided to give us that extra character slot – it’s terribly hard trying to balance things up with an odd number of characters! If I want to have a Guardian Primalist, as well as a Defiant Primalist, I end up with a “spare” character that either has to be deleted, or moved to another shard – which is really messy, and besides, I don’t have all that much room left on the shards to go blithely moving characters around like that all the time! I suppose I don’t have to make use of that thirteenth character slot – but it’s like being given a ca$h present – it really burns a hole in your pocket until you spend it – unfortunately, and far too often, you find that you’ve spent that money, not on something that you really wanted, but just because it was there, and you just had to spend it! And so it is with me, and an empty character slot on Rift… I just have to fill it! 😉

The men-folk, in their infinite wisdom (!? is that an oxymoron?) have decreed that the veggie garden(s) shall go parallel to the back fence, and not perpendicular to it. I still disagree with their decision, but we shall see how well it works out (and if it doesn’t, they’re the ones who are going to have to move it, not me!) However, I did make them promise that they’d leave enough room next to the shed for me to have a small aviary… Depending on how well the veggie garden(s) turns out, I might get Terry to build that for me, too! (well, he is a carpenter! …or a cabinet-maker – I always get those two professions mixed up!)

Weigh-in this morning. Up… down… Up… down… Tomorrow will probably be up again, but this morning I’d gone down those four ruddy points again! So this morning was the exact reverse of yesterday morning – I went from 69.2kg back down to 68.8kg. The week went like this: Tuesday – 69.2kg, Wednesday – 69.2kg, Thursday – 69.1kg, Friday – 69.2kg, Saturday – 68.8kg, Sunday – 69.2kg, Monday (today) 68.8kg – and what are the odds that tomorrow I’ll be back up to 69.2kg again?! Stupid body! I was hoping to get right down to almost the 67.something kilo mark before tomorrow week (November 10th) but I think I’ve left my run too late… at 67.7kg I will have lost exactly half of my original body weight in fifteen months! I hope Dr. Y. will be pleased with me…

Well, tomorrow morning the kids will be back again, so I guess that means no Rifting for me – but I’d much rather have my favourite youngest daughter over here, rather than me just sitting alone in front of the monitor, trying to organise the shards! 🙂 Hopefully the veggie garden(s) will be constructed by tomorrow afternoon – Julian says he’ll organise to get the soil delivered from Bunny’s sometime this week, and then we can start planning what we’re going to plant first! I’m not sure if we’re supposed to put some sort of rocks, stones, or gravel in the bottom of the raised beds for drainage – Terry says “no”, but we’ll also ask the nice people at Bunnys, when we go there to buy seeds, or seedlings, manure, rakes, hoes, mulch, watering cans, and whatever else we’re going to need! Stakes! We’re going to need garden stakes, or bamboo, or something for the tomatoes and beans to climb on… It’s so exciting! 🙂 And talking about exciting, Clarke is due to start work on my bathroom next… (Winter consults her calendar for what day the 9th is) Monday! 🙂 Monday! 😀 My bathroom will start being transformed next Monday! 🙂 Gee, I hope it doesn’t take five weeks! Oh, it’s going to be so wonderful to have some storage space in my bathroom, and a built-in bench seat in the shower, and basically, enough room in which to swing a frog! 🙂 However once again that’s about it from me again this evening – do call back again tomorrow night, if only to see if my stupid weight is still see-sawing around like there’s not going to be anymore tomorrows – and also to find out if the veggie garden(s) are sitting there, ready and waiting for their soil (and gravel, and manure, and mulch, and whatever else we need to put in them!) Anyway, I’m sure there’ll be heaps to tell you all, so don’t miss out! Until then though, please continue to bee good, remember that to be the best, you must be able to handle the worst, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to keep warm – or cool, depending on the weather, and to drive carefully – but most of all, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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